Read Christian book reviews and discuss Christian books. The Bait of Satan deals with the issue of personal offense. In Chapter 1, The author explains that offense is "bait" that Satan uses to try to "trap" us with. When people - especially those closest to us - wrong us in some way, we are deeply hurt and feel betrayed.
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Apr 04, Timothy Bariteau rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Christians, pastors, everybody Deception is so A deceived person, by the very nature of deception, has no possible way of knowing they are being deceived. That is, unless someone shines a light onto the issue, revealing the truth to them and exposing the lies for what they truly are If you had asked me two weeks ago if I was offended by anybody, or if I was Deception is so Yet, before even finishing the first chapter of this book, I was already in tears as God began showing me people whom I had allowed to offend me.
Our enemy wants the trap to remain hidden, so we will be unaware of the danger we are headed toward, and even more importantly, he wants us to remain unaware of the very fact that we have been trapped, therefore, keeping us from even attempting to free ourselves from the trap at all! Pride will keep you from admitting your true condition. This selfishness causes the offended Christian to become focused inward and we lose sight of what God is doing in and through others.
This selfish pride causes us to view ourselves as victims, but just because we may have been mistreated does not mean we suddenly have the right to hold on to an offense! Unconditional love gives others the right to hurt us. They begin to believe everyone is out to get them. Obviously, this attitude makes it even more difficult for them to see where in their lives they need to grow, change and mature.
As they continue to isolate themselves, seeking their own protection, they end up inviting abuse. If they do not soon recognize and put a stop to this destructive mindset, this can quickly become a circular pattern; take an offense, become defensive, seek isolation, invite abuse and then back to offense.
He likes it when His children care for and nurture each other. He is frustrated when we He receives no counsel and sets himself up for deception. Offended people react to the situation and do things that appear right even though they are not inspired by God.
We are not called to react but to act. One of the many things I liked in this book was when Bevere showed, in chapters 9 and 10, the difference between: a Jesus being WILLING to offend various people because He knew it would either expose a deception or lie they had believed in error, or because He was not willing to bend or avoid the truth, and b Jesus being UNWILLING to offend someone if it would not have served a greater purpose It showed me: There is both a time to offend and a time when it is wiser not to offend.
I think most of us tend to avoid offending people at all costs, myself included. However, sometimes the action which would be the most beneficial for everyone may very well be taken offensively. He chose to use His liberty and freedom to serve In fact He says that our attitude is to be so far removed from avenging ourselves that we are willing to open ourselves to the possibility of being taken advantage of again.
There is no playing around with this statement, is there?! He willingly went to the cross; laying down His life, though He was innocent. He took all our sin upon Himself; suffering through the worst possible torture and death. He paid the highest price Love never fails. When we love others the way Jesus loves us, we will be free even if the other person chooses not to be reconciled to us This must be an abounding love The love that will keep us from stumbling lays down its life selflessly—even for the good of an enemy.
When we walk in this kind of love, we cannot be seduced into taking the bait of Satan. I have, however, gone before the Lord in prayer; admitting my offenses to Him, forgiving those people who had hurt me, releasing them from any blame in my heart and cancelling any debt I felt they owed me. Almost immediately I began feeling the weight of my offenses lifting and a peace and joy fill my heart as I thought about each person and prayed for them and for our relationship to be healed, restored and strengthened.
I am now praying as God provides the opportunities, I would be able to speak with each of these people, to confess my offenses to them and seek their forgiveness. Hopefully, we will see our friendship strengthened and our ministry together bear fruit again I plan on recommending this book to others at my church, in my ministry and in my family.
May God bless John Bevere for writing this timely and powerful book, and may God bless every believer who reads it and chooses to obey the Word of God and the principles in this book. May you find freedom and healing from the hurts and offenses of this world; and may you stay freed from the trap!
The Bait Of Satan: Living Free from the Deadly Trap of Offense
Apr 04, Timothy Bariteau rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Christians, pastors, everybody Deception is so A deceived person, by the very nature of deception, has no possible way of knowing they are being deceived. That is, unless someone shines a light onto the issue, revealing the truth to them and exposing the lies for what they truly are If you had asked me two weeks ago if I was offended by anybody, or if I was Deception is so
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